Book Review: Dogside Story by Patricia Grace


Around The World For a Good Book selection for: New Zealand Author: Patricia Grace Title: Dogside Story Publication Info: University of Hawaii Press (2002), Paperback, 304 pages ISBN: 0824825845 Summary/Review: Set just before the turn of the millennium in 2000, Dogside Story takes place in a rural Maori community historically born of a family feud. …

Book Review: The Alienist by Caleb Carr


Author: Caleb Carr Title: The Alienist Publication Info: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2002, c1994. ISBN: 1402589026 Summary/Review: In 1896 in New York City a serial killer is murdering and mutilating the bodies of boy prostitutes.  Police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt attempting to reform a corrupt police department indifferent to these crimes calls in two…

Book Review: The Old Iron Road by David Howard Bain


Author: David Howard Bain Title: The Old Iron Road Publication Info: Viking Adult (2004), Edition: 1St Edition ISBN: 0670033081 Summary/Review: After completing an historical work on the railroad’s role in Western expansion – Empire Express – Bain piled his family into a car to follow a westward route roughly tracing the pioneer trails, transcontinental railroad,…

Book Review: I, Claudius by Robert Graves


Author: Robert Graves Title: I, Claudius Publication Info: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, [2008], p1994. [First published in 1934] ISBN:  1433213818 Summary/Review: Graves’ novel is a fictional memoir of Claudius as he tells the story of his unlikely rise from a lame, stuttering and overlooked relation of the imperial family to become the third of…

Book Review: The mom & pop store by Robert Spector


Author: Robert Spector Title: The mom & pop store : how the unsung heroes of the American economy are surviving and thriving Publication Info: New York : Walker Pub. Co., c2009. ISBN: 9780802716057 Summary/Review: This Library Thing Early Reviewers free advance review book is a tribute to independent business.  Through historical discussion – including the…

Christmas Revels: The Reviews Are In


As reported earlier, I’m participating as a member of the Roaring Gap Chorus in this year’s Christmas Revels at Sanders Theater in Cambridge, MA.  The show has been great thus far and tickets are still available for the final six performances.  Come out and see us and don’t just take my word for it, read…

At last, a 935th Post


Sure, blogiversaries are so uncool, but blogging itself is uncool these days too.  So let me uncooly celebrate the third anniversary of Panorama of the Mountains with a look back on the past year. Three big projects of which I’m proud of are my Top 100 Favorite Books of All-Time, Top 100 Favorite Albums of…

Two More Bits of Video Awesomeness


1. Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden via No Mas. 2. The Cast of Spongebob Squarepants Dubs Classic Films via Steve. Previously: Two Bits of Video Awesomeness Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden

Book Review: The Ionian Mission by Patrick O’Brian


Author: Patrick O’Brian Title: The Ionian Mission Publication Info: Blackstone Audiobooks (2005) [Originally published, 1981] ISBN: 0786179333 Summary/Review: This book is a bit of a return to form after the domestic and on-shore dramas of the previous two books in the series.  Aubrey and Maturin head east to Turkey to fight (or not) the French…

Book Review: Live from New York by Tom Shales


Author: Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller Title: Live from New York : an uncensored history of Saturday night live Publication Info: Boston : Little, Brown, c2002. ISBN: 0316781460 Summary/Review: 25 + plus seasons of the groundbreaking comedy-variety show are revisited through the words of the cast, hosts, writers, and production crew.  This oral history…

Book Review: The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table


Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Title: The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table Publication Info: Cosimo Classics (2005) [Originally published, 1858] ISBN: 1596053070 Summary/Review: I recently completed reading 107 daily installments of this classic work on DailyLit. This book lends itself well to this format as it is a series of essays and often less essay than…

Book Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy


Around The World For a Good Book selection for: India Author: Arundhati Roy Title: The God of Small Things Publication Info: Harper Perennial, 1998 ISBN: 0060977493 Summary/Review: This challenging novel tells the story of a multi-generational family in southernmost India whose lives are changed in one day by a tragic incident. While the main story…